Frank Capra once described La Quinta as "... the kind of place everyone was looking for; a wonderful green oasis in the middle of the desert."
The natural splendor of La Quinta has remained unchanged with the passing of time. Cradled in the base of the Santa Rosa mountains, this "Valley of Dreams", located just 20 minutes from Palm Springs, is home to towering palm trees, lush parkways, top golf spots and stunning mountain views.
Although La Quinta has a relaxing small-town feel to it, it is also a year-round resort community providing rest and recreation of all kinds, and is a virtual heaven on earth to golfers. In the mid-eighties La Quinta gave birth to the revered and sometimes feared PGA West TCP Stadium Course, an ultra challenging course designed by golf legend Pete Dye. Five additional tracks opened at PGA West over the next 15 years, including critically acclaimed layouts from Jack Nicklaus and Greg Norman.
These exhilarating golf courses have drawn the world's top professionals to major tournaments such as The Skins Game and the Bob Hope Chrysler Classic. Its magnificent Tennis Club regularly plays host to the world's finest tennis professionals. See it all at www.pgawest.com.
Another favorite local spot for recreation and tranquility is Lake La Quinta, and the nearby attractions of the Joshua Tree National Park, Anza-Borrego Desert State Park and the Salton Sea will provide you with year-round quick getaways. To find out more about the recreational offerings of the Coachella Valley visit www.riversidecountyparks.org.
There is an active arts and culture scene in La Quinta. The Cultural Arts Commission?s ongoing Art in Public Places Program features sculpture and other visual works of art displayed in parks and on street corners. There are several annual events as well, such as the hugely popular La Quinta Arts Festival, the Desert Plein Air painting festival and Arts & Crafts Under the Umbrellas. Information about the thriving arts scene can be found online at www.lqaf.com.
La Quinta is served by the Desert Sands Unified School District . Numerous private schools are also in the vicinity. The community college campus of College of the Desert and campuses of Chapman University and California State University, San Bernardino are located in nearby Palm Desert.
The dramatic desert scenery, resort lifestyle and Old World hometown feel make La Quinta one of the best-kept secrets in the entire desert .
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